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Liberty Track Bound for Gamecock Invitational

April 13, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Olivia Behymer is entered in the women's 400, 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 relay on Saturday.

Olivia Behymer is entered in the women's 400, 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 relay on Saturday.

Meet Schedule

Live Results

Facility Information

Columbia Weather

Liberty will compete at the brand-new Sheila & Morris Cregger Track in Columbia, S.C., for the first time on Saturday, when the Flames and Lady Flames take part in the Gamecock Invitational.

The one-day meet will begin at 9 a.m. with the women's hammer and men's javelin. Running events will commence at 10 a.m. with the women's 5K.

How to Follow the Flames and Lady Flames
Live results will be available throughout the meet.

Weather Report
Saturday's weather in Columbia should be beautiful for track & field, with partly cloudy skies and a high reaching the mid 80s.

About the Facility
The 2017 Gamecock Invitational will be the second meet contested at the Sheila & Morris Cregger Track, the new home of the South Carolina track program. Cregger Track features nine lanes and a 400-meter Mondo surface, plus competition areas for long jump, triple jump, pole vault, high jump, discus, hammer, shot put and javelin. The facility will play host to the 2017 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 11-13.

Liberty has not competed in a meet in Columbia since March 21-22, 2003, when the Flames and Lady Flames kicked off their 2003 outdoor season at the Weems Baskin Relays.

Scouting the Competition
Liberty will meet some stiff competition on Saturday, including athletes from Clemson, Illinois, NC State, host South Carolina and some talented post-collegiate competitors.

The Flames and Lady Flames will also square off against former Big South rival Coastal Carolina and current Big South foe Campbell.

South Carolina Connections
Liberty freshman Andre Wright, who hails from Westminster, S.C., is the lone Palmetto State native on this year's roster. He will compete in the men's long jump and triple jump on Saturday. Additionally, assistant coach Andrew "Pete" McFadden, who coaches the Flames' sprinters, is a native of Lake City, S.C.

Liberty will also see a familiar face on the South Carolina coaching staff this weekend. Gamecocks Assistant Head Coach Delethea Quarles spent 11 years at Liberty, including three as a heptathlete (1987-89) and eight as a track & field assistant coach (1990-97). She was inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Beware of Flying Objects!
Four of the top 11 men's javelin throwers in program history are a part of this year's team, including sophomore Denzel Pratt (No. 3, 226-4), freshman Samuel Arter (No. 8, 210-2), freshman Alexander Hoffsmith (No. 10, 202-8) and senior Zach Davis (No. 11, 202-2). Meanwhile, freshman Caleb Hart (194-0) is not far behind.

Pratt ranks No. 12 in the East Region this season, followed by Arter (No. 30), Hoffsmith (No. 47), Davis (No. 56) and Hart (No. 73). Liberty and Penn State are the only two teams who have five men's javelin throwers ranked among the East Region's top 75 this season.

Pratt, Arter, Hoffsmith and Hart will all throw the javelin on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. They will face Citadel graduate Capers Williamson, who owns a personal best of 239-4 and placed eighth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Clay Allen, another former Citadel standout, has thrown the javelin 218-6 during his career.

Pratt, who has posted first-place javelin finishes at the CSU Spring Break Invitational and Librty Collegiate Invitational this season, will celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday.

Relay Time
Liberty is expected to run its top 4 x 400 relay squads for the first time since the March 24 FSU Relays, when the men's squad (3:12.55) and women's team (3:43.87) both posted Big South-leading times.

Liberty Flames currently rank first (Jahquez Durham, 48.51), second (Spencer Jamison, 48.61) and third (Stephen Racanelli, 48.82) on the 2017 Big South men's 400 list. Durham and Racanelli teamed up with Michael Todd and Jeff Jacobs to break the indoor program record for the 4 x 400 relay with their 3:13.18 clocking on March 4. The outdoor standard of 3:07.28 was established in 1997.

Meanwhile, the Lady Flames rank first (Tanner Ealum, 54.43), second (Nicole Leonzo, 54.97) and fourth (Olivia Behymer, 55.04) on this year's Big South women's 400 list. Additionally, Ealum, Leonzo and Behymer all rank among the top nine women's 400 runners in program history. Liberty's school record of 3:41.00 has stood since 2007.

Big South's Best
Less than a month before the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships take place, Liberty ranks No. 1 in the conference in a number of events.

In men's events, Liberty's Big South leaders include Jovaine Atkinson (110 Hurdles), Ryan Davis (400 Hurdles), Zach Davis (High Jump), Jahquez Durham (200 and 400), Darrel Jones (Triple Jump), Stanley Langat (5K), Denzel Pratt (Javelin), Carson Waters (Pole Vault) and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads.

Lady Flames currently leading the conference include Tanner Ealum (400), Jessie Glynn (Pole Vault), Dasiana Larson (Shot Put and Hammer), Kylie Polsgrove (High Jump and Heptathlon), Brenna Smith (Javelin), Anna Van Wyk (1,500 and 5K) and the 4 x 400 relay team.

Lexington Ledger
The 2017 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet will be contested May 25-27 at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track & Field Facility in Lexington, Ky.

At this stage of the 2017 outdoor season, the following Flames and Lady Flames are in contention for a berth in the meet, which will determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Lock – Darrel Jones (Men's Triple Jump), Azaria Kirwa (Men's 10K), Dasiana Larson (Women's Hammer), Denzel Pratt (Men's Javelin)

On the Bubble – Samuel Arter (Men's Javelin), Ryan Davis (Men's 400 Hurdles), Kylie Polsgrove (Women's High Jump), Carson Waters (Men's Pole Vault)